Air Ambulance Bill of the month

Missourians face large bills, aggressive collection tactics from air ambulance transports

Missourians are frequently subjected to aggressive collection efforts by air ambulance providers totaling tens of thousands of dollars in a practice called balance billing, according to a detailed report released today by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP). To assess the scope of the problem, the DIFP initiated a data call for […]

Healthcare

New report on the Health Insurance Market in Missouri released by Missouri Department of Insurance

A new report on the health insurance markets in Missouri was recently released by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions, and Professional Registration. The report, which focuses on major medical coverage, makes use of diverse data sources to provide an overview of Missouri’s health insurance market. In addition to data possessed by the DIFP, […]

Child being examined by doctor

Number of uninsured children grows in Missouri

About 75,000 children in Missouri lacked health insurance in 2017, or about 5.1 percent, according to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.  That’s a small increase over 2016 and is just above the national average, which increased from 4.7 to 5 percent. Amanda Schneider, director of the Medical-Legal Partnership at Legal Services […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri becoming more isolated with state’s refusal to expand Medicaid

There’s strong opposition among Missouri Republican lawmakers to expanding Medicaid, even after voters in three red states passed ballot measures to do so in the recent election. Newly elected House Majority Speaker Pro-Tem John Wiemann of O’Fallon told Missourinet earlier this year that more states would be retreating from Medicaid expansion.     Missouri Republican […]

Health News

Grundy County Health Department to offer flu vaccines

The Grundy County Health Department of Trenton will offer flu vaccines without an appointment. Vaccines will be available for individuals of all ages Tuesdays from 9 o’clock in the morning to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The health department asks participants to bring their Medicare, Medicaid, or health insurance cards for billing purposes. Donations are […]

Medicaid Missouri

Audio: Missouri’s New Medicaid Director Todd Richardson to Face Challenges

Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson will resign his seat in the Legislature on Thursday to become the new MO HealthNet Director. Medicaid provides low-income families and individuals with health care coverage. Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) Director Steve Corsi says Richardson will face challenges.     Rural hospitals in Farmington, Kennett, Osceola, and Reynolds […]